If you have studied in Australia as a student from another country and earned qualifications from
Australia, you might be able to participate in a program called the Job Ready Program (JRP).
This program helps assess your skills for employment. This program lets you work, typically
with a Temporary Graduate Visa, and use this time to get a positive evaluation of your skills in
your field of your occupation
What is the JRP?
The JRP is a method of evaluating your abilities while getting work experience in Australia in
your field after obtaining your Australian qualifications. We often see the JRP used by recent
graduates of cooking, hospitality, and car mechanics. But, the program can also be used by other
Usually, students who have completed their studies and obtained qualifications at Certificate IV,
Diploma, or Advanced Diploma level will use this program to transition to a Graduate Visa. The
Job Ready Program is a way for international students who have recently completed a course in
Australia at a CRICOS-registered institution to find employment.
Students who hold a diploma level student visa will have the opportunity to utilize this program
when transitioning to a Graduate Visa. The JRP is only applicable for jobs for which Trades
Recognition Australia (assessing authority) is capable. The TRA says that the JRP is a chance to
show your abilities before joining migration programs.
The program gives you:
The chance to improve your skills and work abilities
Work experience working in an Australian workplace
The skills assessment result will be used to apply for a skilled visa with the Department
of Home Affairs.
A skills assessment helps determine if you have the necessary skills and experience to work in
Australia in your chosen field.
Important Changes to the Job Ready Program (JRP) from 1 July
From 1 July 2023, the Job Ready Program Registration and Eligibility (JRPRE) will cease to be
part of the JRP and will no longer be available on the TRA Online Portal. Instead, the
Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) program will be reintroduced and replace the JRPRE. The
PSA will be a separate program to the JRP while remaining a pre-requisite for the JRP. The PSA
will be available on the TRA Online Portal from 1 July 2023.
How will these changes affect you?
If you have already applied to JRPRE, nothing has changed for you. However, please take the
time to read the news item about the reintroduction of the PSA.
People who are already in the JRP program and those who want to apply in the future should
read and understand the new rules. Pay attention to any changes that might impact you.
These changes will affect everyone who is participating, whether they joined before or after July
TRA will keep helping and guiding people who are already involved and those who want to join,
so that they can move easily and understand any new rules.
The more significant changes are:
Introduction of a maximum time limit of three years to finish the JRP
Starting from July 1st, 2023, the result of your PSA (or JRPRE) will be valid for three
years after it is issued. If your travel document has expired and you want to apply for a
different travel document, you will have to submit a new application.
Agents can help participants with all steps of the JRP, but the participant’s personal
contact information needs to be registered for the JRE and JRWA steps, which involve
Clarification of the requirements for decision-ready applications and the consequences of
incomplete or not decision-ready applications.
Amended JRE eligibility requirements.
Amended the employment requirement to clarify it is a minimum of 12 months of full-
time (or part-time equivalent) paid employment. Full-time means you are working an
average of 38 hours per week.
Updated the penalties for falsified activities including the possibility of a delegated
The JRP comprises of more or less four steps, the steps are:
Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)
Job Ready Employment (JRE)
Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)
Job Ready Assessment (JRFA)
If you don’t finish the program in 3 years, your application will be considered unsuccessful. If
you haven’t succeeded within three years, you will have to apply again to continue the program.
After you finish the JRP, you will receive a letter with the results of your skills assessment. You
can use this letter when applying for a skilled migration visa.
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